Essays on Social Psychology

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George Herbert Mead (1863-1931) is a central, founding figure of modern sociology, comparable to Karl Marx and Max Weber. Mead's early work, prior to his posthumous publications that appeared after 1932, is believed to be a series of articles contemporary scholarship defines as disconnected. A previously unknown, never published set of galleys for a book of essays by Mead, written between 1892 and 1910, unites these articles into a logical perspective. Essays on Social Psychology, Mead's "first" book, clearly ...

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George Herbert Mead (1863-1931) is a central, founding figure of modern sociology, comparable to Karl Marx and Max Weber. Mead's early work, prior to his posthumous publications that appeared after 1932, is believed to be a series of articles contemporary scholarship defines as disconnected. A previously unknown, never published set of galleys for a book of essays by Mead, written between 1892 and 1910, unites these articles into a logical perspective. Essays on Social Psychology, Mead's "first" book, clearly locates him within a significantly different tradition and network than documented in his posthumous volumes. The discovery of this work is a major scholarly event. Instead of being abstract and unemotional, as some scholars argue, Mead's early scholarship focused on the significance of emotions, instincts, and childhood as well as political issues underlying political problems in Chicago. During these early years, he was involved with the emerging Laboratory Schools at the University of Chicago which was then the center of progressive education. These early topics, interpretations, and scholarly networks are dramatically different in these writings from those of Mead as a mature scholar. They demonstrate that he was clearly making a transition from psychology to social psychology at a time when the latter was in its infancy. Mary Jo Deegan, a world-renowned Meadian scholar, has comprehensively edited this volume, footnoting now obscure references and authors. Her introduction explains how this previously lost manuscript affects contemporary Meadian scholarship and how it reflects the city and times in which he lived. Unlike the posthumous volumes, assembled from lecture notes, Essays in Social Psychology is the only book actually written by Mead and challenges most current scholarship on him. The selections are highly readable, surprisingly timely yet historically significant. Psychologists, sociologists, and educators will find it immensely important. George Herbert Mead (1863-1931) taught at the University of Chicago from 1894 to 1931. His posthumous volumes are The Philosophy of the Present, Mind, Self, and Society, and The Philosophy of the Act. Mary Jo Deegan is professor of sociology at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. She is the author of Jane Addams and the Men of the Chicago School, 1892-1918, named by Choice as among the outstanding academic books of 1989.

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“Providing a glimpse of a heretofore largely unknown early Mead, this collection is intrinsically valuable as an addition to the corpus of one of the most influential minds in American sociology. Nearly a century after Mead had intended it to be published, this book gives scholars an opportunity to gain a more complete understanding of his ideas. . . . Deegan should be lauded for bringing this material to light and framing it in a manner that is helpful for the seasoned Meadian scholar and the uninitiated alike. . . . These discussions have the potential to enrich theories and contribute to debates that are very much alive today.”

—Jeffrey Sweat, Contemporary Sociology

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780765800824
  • Publisher: Transaction Publishers
  • Publication date: 7/26/2001
  • Pages: 172
  • Product dimensions: 6.36 (w) x 9.44 (h) x 0.96 (d)

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George H. Mead(1863-1931) taught at the University of Chicago from 1894 to 1931. His posthumous volumes are The Philosophy of the Present, Mind, Self, and Society, and The Philosophy of the Act.

Mary Jo Deegan is professor of sociology at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. She is the author of Jane Addams and the Men of the Chicago School, winner of a Choice Outstanding Book Award, and Self, War, and Society and editor of Essays in Social Psychology and On Art, Labor, and Religion.

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Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction: George Herbert Mead's First Book
Pt. I The Biologic Individual
1 The Social Character of Instinct 3
2 Social Psychology as Counterpart to Physiological Psychology 9
3 What Social Objects Must Psychology Presuppose? 19
4 Emotion and Instinct 27
5 A Psychological Study of the Use of Stimulants 31
Pt. II The Beginning of the Social Act
6 The Problem of Comparative Psychology 45
7 Concerning Animal Perception 59
8 On Perception and Imitation 67
9 The Relation of the Embryological Development to Education 73
10 The Child and His Environment 83
Pt. III Education from the Kindergarten to the University
11 The Kindergarten and Play 95
12 The Relation of Play to Education 105
13 On the Social Situation in the School 115
14 The University and the School of Education 123
15 The University and the Elementary Schools 129
16 Science in the High School 137
17 The Teaching of Science in College 149
18 Industrial Education, the Working Man, and the School 161
Notes 175
Bibliography 183
Subject Index 193
Name Index 197
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